Today is going to be a full day, with a lot of travel and meetings and even a little shopping. I was supposed to do things yesterday–and I did, only not a lot of the things I wanted to do. Life does that to you sometimes, and yesterday was one of those times.
Today I’m home, having put my shower and breakfast behind me, and I’m working on this post as I drink my coffee. In about ninety minutes I’ll start getting ready, which really means I’ll finish my daily routine, dress, and prepare my makeup. After that it’s at least ninety minutes behind the wheel to go meet a friend. A lot of time spent getting to and fro, but it’s all worth it, I assure you. And getting out and about is a great thing.
Believe it or not, I actually wrote last night, and after putting thirteen hundred words behind me in the morning one would think I was finished for the day. Well . . . I gotta make up for Fridays, so I started on Chapter Five and got my kids back in the Pond. I’ve also made notes about what they’re going to do in some of the upcoming scene, and the theme of “We’re Different” pops up all over the place. It’s already started with them and the other members of the Party of Five, with their relaxed moods and public displays of affection. Yes, the kissiest of couples is back, and they’ll never let those prying eyes bother them. After all, the whole school has seen them kiss on streaming video at thirty-three hundred meters, and that scene can be recalled for anyone to watch. Oh, and there’s also in the Hall of Remembrance, too, for that, so just wait until the parents come calling to the school on Ostara. Particularly Annie’s father: “Anelie, what is this?” “Nothing, Papa: just Kerry and I kissing during the Mile High Flight.” Yeah, Papa, just your daughter kissing, no biggie. Ask any student: they’ve all seen it before.
Yesterday, however, while driving a around, I started my old routine of working out scenes in my head and by “talking out” the dialog, and the one I was keying on the most was the last scene of Act One, which comes just before the Samhain Dance. That last scene will more or less set the tone for the rest of the story, which isn’t a bad thing once you realize I’ll probably be sixty thousand or more words into the novel by that time. (Probably more–probably.) I was also working out a scene for Annie that comes in Act Two, and if you’ve ever asked yourself, “I wonder what a pissed-off Annie looks like?” you’ll find out. It’s another of those scene that makes me wish I could draw, ’cause I would do this up right now if it were possible.
There will also be added scenes. A couple came to mind last night, and as I pointed out with the first novel, though I have most everything plotted out, that doesn’t mean I won’t add and cut where necessary. More than likely I’ll add: just as the late night scene on the second floor was needed, I’ll need other scenes to build their characters. ‘Cause I’m all about the characterization.
Time to get ready. Time to think about what comes next in the story. Time to ready myself to get to forty thousand words here soon.